Decertification Gaining Support?
According to multiple people involved in the process, the number of agencies involved in the movement to decertify the union — in response to the one-sided collective bargaining agreement that always was going to come of it — began to quickly multiply Friday. Moderate agents who had long opposed decertification or remained neutral were suddenly climbing aboard like stowaways on a runaway train. Two of the agents involved said nearly 200 signatures had been collected on decertification cards by Friday morning and that about half the union would ultimately be involved.
It was a stunningly swift show of solidarity in barely 48 hours of the agent-driven signature drive, a potential death knell for the revised proposal (David) Stern delivered Thursday night, complete with another ultimatum: Accept it, get ready for a 72-game season, or brace yourselves for the hellfire to come.
“This isn’t gonna fly,” one of the formerly moderate agents said Friday, “even if I told my guys to vote for it.”
Vote, schmote, said the angry agents — many of whom believed Friday that the revised proposal was even worse than the previous one and not even worth sending to the membership for a yay or nay.